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Ms. A. from Richmond CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Every Picture Tells A Story

My students need a scanner, 2 packs of specialty paper, a tissue culture kit and 4 culture plates, a stain set, and a pack of slides and cover slips.

  • $540 goal

This project expired on June 6, 2010.

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My Students

Every picture tells a story. When you look into the microscope you see the hidden details of how life works. Each of us sees the world through the lens of our personal experience, and tells a different tale. I want my students to observe carefully, document & share what they see.

The area is known for violent crime.

The facilities are old and outdated. Every surface is thick with paint that covers graffiti. Poverty and violence are pervasive. Stress and grief color everything and fear is an undercurrent that does not leave. Yet like HS students everywhere, the girls cluster to share makeup tips and the guys organize competitions. My high school students are struggling to stay focused despite the high frequency of violent crime. Part of our classroom time is given over to coping with the emotional stuff that follows crises, waves of crises. They come from loving families, but resources are limited both at school and at home. School supplies and nurture are in short supply. Parents work 2 jobs to pay the rent. I regularly raid my own kitchen for supplies to use on labs, and spend my free time listening & counseling.

My Project

What can we give these kids which will make some kind of difference? A different vision. A voice. A skill set which will open doors and broaden horizons. I want to increase the use of microscopic slides in the science classes I teach. To do this we need a slide-making kit and a cell culture kit. Students will be creating their own slides, and creating an archive of microscopic images. To do this we need a high resolution slide scanner. They will be creating their own stories of the wonders of the human body as they learn about how different organ systems work, using these images.

High school is brief.

For most of us it was a golden time when so many possibilities lay ahead. Help these students see the possibilities: Science can broaden horizons for these kids. Lots of schools need help. But help for this school is symbolic as well as practical. Show these students that their needs do count. Right now. Help me help them focus ON LIFE THRU SCIENCE. Many thanks for your consideration.

Ms. A.
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 120 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Readi-Stain Solutions Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $60.66 1 $60.66
Disposable Lab Pack: 50 Slides, 50 Plastic Coverslips, and Lens Paper Booklet • Carolina Biological Supply Company $11.64 1 $11.64
6-Well Tissue Culture Plate • Carolina Biological Supply Company $4.09 4 $16.36
Hosta Tissue Culture Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $51.11 1 $51.11
24# PARCHMENT PAPER, 8-1/2X11 -- Southworth Parchment-Texture Paper; Ivory, 500 Sheets/Box • Quill $32.30 1 $32.30
PARCHMENT CERTIFICATE PAPER, 8-1/2"X11", 24-LB. -- Masterpiece Studios Parchment Certificates; Gold Border, 100 Sheets Per Pack • Quill $11.24 1 $11.24
EPSON PERFECTION V500 COLOR SCANNER -- EPSON Scanners; Perfection V500 Photo Scanner • Quill $199.99 1 $199.99

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